#1wordwednesday / we’re hooked {Instant Pot} dinner success

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Several of my friends have recommended we try the craze that is the {Instant Pot}. It’s our word of the day around these parts.

Basically – it’s a slow cooker and pressure cooker and cake maker and yogurt maker – all in one.

After researching and watching for months, I finally placed an order several weeks ago. And now that we have a functioning kitchen, it was time to break out the new pot for our first official home cooked dinner in the cottage!!

A friend inspired me to try chicken and sweet potatoes together so I stopped by Aldi today and picked up the ingredients for my own spin and first try at using the Instant Pot.

1 whole chicken – small, but larger than a Cornish Hen, mine was 4.61 lbs. and fit perfectly in the pot
4 large sweet potatoes – sliced thick with the skin on
3 bunches of fresh broccoli
Chicken Stock –  1 – 32 oz. carton
Honey – drizzled over the sweet potatoes and chicken
Salt and Pepper – to taste

Y’all. We’re HOOKED!

This might be one of the best meals I’ve ever made from scratch. It felt like Thanksgiving around here!!!

If I can do this – YOU CAN TOO! I didn’t even know what I was doing, honestly.

How to make Starr’s Thanksgiving Chicken Surprise:

1 – Add the entire carton of chicken stock to the Instant Pot and turn it on to Saute. Leave the lid off. I used the 8 quart 10-in-1 Instant Pot.

2 – While the stock and pot are warming, chop the sweet potatoes into thick slices. I left the skin on because I like to eat the skin. Yes, I’m weird. I also washed the broccoli and tore it into smaller pieces.

3 – Once the pot is done preheating, add the entire chicken to the bottom of the pot. Then, add the sliced sweet potatoes on top and around the chicken. Drizzle the honey all over the sweet potatoes. Cover with salt and pepper to taste. Add the broccoli on top as a finish.

4 – Turn the Instant Pot off Saute and change to the meat setting on high pressure. The default is 35 minutes. I left mine on default. Make sure the seal is closed. Close the lid.

5 – Once the pot is warmed, it will start cooking. After it finishes and starts beeping, release the pressure. Leave the lid on for 10 minutes after releasing the pressure.

6 – Take the lid off and SERVE YOUR PEOPLE THE BEST DINNER EVER!!!

I think they liked it…

Send me your favorite tips and tricks, Instant Pot people!!!

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10 comments

    • The 8 quart 10-in-1 Ultra Series! I got mine on Amazon. We got the bigger one because it said to make full meals for a larger family you would need it. I filled the pot up tonight and we ate almost the entire thing. So glad I got the bigger one. A friend told me she uses two – the bigger one for meats and potatoes and then she’ll cook sides in a smaller one. I could totally see myself using two. I’m gonna watch for sales on the smaller ones for sure! You’ll LOVE it!!

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    • This can cook tonnns faster! Look it up. People are replacing their crock pots because this can cook fast or slow. In 35 min we had a fully cooked meal – from raw chicken. It was falling off the bone and tasted like it had been cooking all day!!!!!

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